Friday, October 16, 2009

Happy Anniversary, Running!

October marks somewhat of a milestone for me. October, 2009 marks my one year anniversary with running and what a year it has been.


Dear Running,

Thank you! Thank you for all you've done. I know I haven't always been nice, haven't always been fare, and you and I both know I've been pissed off at you more times than I can count. Thanks to you, I have seen amazing transformations in my life.

Since I found you nearly 1 year ago, I'm convinced that you saved my life. I was on the losing end of a weight battle, that I knew I couldn't successfully (and healthfully) win without help from you! Thanks to you (and some pretty good eating habits) I've lost 50 pounds and am on track to successfully lose 30 more by June!

You've turned my legs into long, muscular yet lean, beautiful creatures that I love showing off every chance I get!

Thanks to you I've lowered my blood pressure. It wasn't an immediate problem, but higher than normal blood pressure for someone in her 20's couldn't be a good's normal now, thanks!

Also, you've helped me enjoy life more. Not only have you given me more self confidence but you've given me something I enjoy. Something I can go outside and do. Something I can take with me where ever I go and just enjoy. I even take you on vacation...that's how much I love you!

I can't forget to thank you for the wonderful feeling of accomplishment. Seriously, just one year ago I would look at people who run and think "No way could I ever do that...". Well guess what, I did do that. Do you have any idea what it feels like to finish something you knew -- knew for a fact -- that you would NEVER finish!? Let me tell you, it's amazing! Not just did I finish a half marathon, I did it again, and am planning for more. You've changed the impossible for me. Ya, that's because of you, running!

Thank you for giving me a new look on life. Thanks for giving me a second chance on life. I can't wait to see what the next year has in store for us - hint: it's going to involve at least 2 more half marathons and probably our first full marathon!

Cheers to you, running!


  1. Happy Anniversary! Running has also given me major confidence. I never saw myself as a runner before last year but now I am one! It makes me wonder what other things in life I thought I couldn't do but really do have the strength to do it.

  2. Yay Jen!! Happy one year!! It must be amazing to look back and see the transformation you have made! I can not wait to see what this second year entails for you! I think you and running are going to be a long term relationship! haha

  3. I just found your blog and wanted to say hello and that I love this letter! I think only runners can really understand what an amazing thing running is!


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